Cat found in Washington rubble returned to owner

By WEEK Reporter

November 20, 2013 Updated Nov 20, 2013 at 4:09 PM CDT

WASHINGTON, Ill. -- Among those helping the residents of Washington pick up the pieces of the lives, literally, are members of the "First Response Team of America".

They use their heavy equipment to move debris, allowing homeowners to clear their lots, and in some cases find belongings otherwise buried under hundreds of pounds of rubble.

Monday, they were able to find something special for one Washington resident.

As they cleared what remained of a home, a cat poked its head out.

Baccus, the pet of Lindsay DuBois, had been buried in the remains of the house for 24 hours..

"About an hour ago, we found our first cat, Nia, and now this is Baccus. They're both perfectly okay, totally scared, and don't seem to have any major injuries," said Lindsay DuBois, cat rescued.

Tad Agoglia, founder of First Responders, said he was happy that equipment donated to his team by Caterpillar could be brought back to help in Central Illinois.